County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry said: “These are challenging times for local government and it’s more important than ever that we work closely with our colleagues in the town and parish councils. These are the people who have a vital role in representing the concerns of local communities.”
Having heard how Hampshire Highways teams repair around 15,000 potholes a year, delegates had an opportunity to see one of Hampshire’s new, dedicated dragon patchers, which can repair a defect five times faster than traditional methods and is effective in all weathers.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said: “I’d like to thank everyone for coming along this evening. We had the opportunity to discuss how the County Council’s approach to highways maintenance – making sure we use the right treatment in the right situation at the right time - is proving an efficient and effective way to manage the roads; how we’re working with our partners to maximise funding opportunities to improve Hampshire’s transport infrastructure and how we’re tackling the rising costs of dealing with household waste. This is particularly important as demand pressures across council services, particularly in social care, continue to rise.”
The evening also saw the launch of the Hampshire Highways Charter – a commitment to ‘going the extra mile’ by those working across Hampshire’s roads.
Matthew Riches, Skanska’s Business Director for Hampshire Highways explained: “We are 18 months into this contract and, following a successful mobilisation and first year, we are now focussed on improving how we communicate with the communities we work in to mitigate and minimise the disruption of our work. It was a great opportunity on Wednesday evening to meet so many representatives of the Parish Councils and outline our new Charter, Going The Extra Mile. Being close to the communities we serve is paramount to Skanska’s vision of building for a better society, so we are launching the Hampshire Highways Charter to improve the way we work.”